POWERnews [June 23, 2016]

Utility Paradigm Changing Globally in Response to Distributed Energy and Digitization

Enrico Viale, head of global thermal generation for the Italian energy company Enel, kicked off an international power industry event yesterday with a keynote presentation describing the “needs” of utilities in the future.

How the FAA’s First-Ever Commercial Drone Rules Could Affect Power Companies

The first operational rules finalized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for routine commercial use of drones could have major implications for utilities and power companies, which are increasingly using…

PG&E Moves to Retire 2.3-GW Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

[caption id="attachment_90679" align="alignnone" width="640"] Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2, which are located near Avila Beach, Calif. Courtesy: Pacific Gas and Electric.[/caption] Diablo Canyon, the two-reactor nuclear power plant…

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant to Close by Year-end

The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) board of directors voted unanimously on June 16 to close Fort Calhoun Station, the smallest nuclear power plant in the U.S., due to economic…

Despite Stay, EPA Proposes Details of Clean Power Plan Voluntary Incentive Program

  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), a voluntary measure central to the judicially stalled Clean Power Plan that seeks to…

FPL to Buy and Phase Out Another Florida Coal Power Plant

Florida Light and Power (FPL) wants to buy and phase out another coal-fired power plant in Florida, a move it says will save its customers an estimated $129 million when…

GE-Powered Combined Cycle Plant Sets New Efficiency Record

Guinness World Records recognized GE’s HA gas turbine for powering the world’s most efficient—up to 62.22%—combined cycle power plant. The first unit equipped with an HA turbine officially began operation…

Siemens, Gamesa to Combine Wind Business to Form New Major Market Player

Spanish wind giant Gamesa will absorb Siemens' wind power business, including wind services, creating a new combined company—one of the world's biggest wind turbine manufacturers—that will have its global headquarters…

Boiler Explosion Shuts Down Philadelphia CHP Plant

At least one person was injured when a boiler exploded at the Veolia Energy Schuylkill Station combined heat and power plant in Philadelphia on June 15. The 163-MW natural gas–fired…